1-Year Writing Challenge: Ten Months in
News of the day: October was a month.
Not a good one, but not a bad one either.
As expected, coming back to Japan in the middle of the month, going to the Polyglot Conference directly and trying to get back to a routine has shown its batch of challenges but I made it through.
So let’s try to understand what happened!
1. Positive aspects
The most positive aspect of the month was probably what should have not even been on the list: I didn’t skip a day.
Work has been crazy and my own schedule was so messed up I barely made it on time to write some days.
But I did succeed and kept on writing and that’s what matters as a writer.
I have had many complicated feelings going through me recently. Some positive, some negative, but all of them have contributed in a way to going back to my own life for introspection.
The task of writing itself has become like second nature and even though there’s a clear difference of quality from article to article, I am experimenting to find who I am and what I believe.
One article which was an interesting experience was about imaginary conversations. It allowed me to dig into myself through a whole new lens.
2. Negative aspects
I try to stay positive most of the time but being aware of one’s downfalls is also important. So let’s look at what were clear failures this month.
First of all, I pretty much didn’t read any book until last Friday, which means I did read at all books for the month of October. There’s no excuse for this since I spent hours watching Super Mario Maker 2 videos on YouTube even though I don’t even own the game.
I finally got myself disciplined and started again though so November should prove better and also have more articles inspired by books.
I obviously lost again my routine and finding my old one has shown complicated but writing down an article about getting back into a routine last week put my thoughts in order and the days after got better. Let’s keep it going in that direction.
The month’s statistics were very similar to last month with still at least 70 views per day for my article about Stupid Jokes.
I was quite disappointed some of my more inspired articles such as the review of the Polyglot Conference didn’t get the attention I hoped for, but it reminded me of the importance of staying focused and not giving up.
3. Goals for November
This week, I’ll finally officially turn into a 9-ender and I hope it’ll give me another push of motivation for the year to come.
But before I turn 30, I’ll still have 12 months ahead and I plan to take them one by one. November will thus focus more on the below:
- Have a serious — at least half-a-day — reflection session on what I have accomplished and whether my long-term goals have or should evolve
- Get back to a proper routine with at least 1 or 2 articles ready in advance constantly.
- Read at least 1 full book without fault
- Look for more publications which fit my articles’ style on Medium
- And finally the classic: Keep enjoying writing!
With 2 months left until I finished my self-imposed challenge of posting every day for a year, I want to give my writing a new life so that, in 2020, I can pile on the experiments done this year and become an even better writer.